The Vikings participated in the 6th Annual Keaser Classic Wrestling Tournament and took home top honors with 396 team points. Whitman decisively won every single team dual finishing with a historical number of pins.
Chris Habibian wrestled at 106 in place of Clark Boinis who remains on injured reserve. Chris performed well recording multiple wins over the course of two days eventually finishing 4th. Since Clark was out, we didn’t send a 113 to the tournament. We hope Clark gets better so we have a full roster. Filling in for Devin Carone at 120, James Mackall finished 6th – an excellent showing for a new wrestler. Andrew Shiman continued to impress with a first place finish at 126, 6 pins during the competition and one pin in 9 seconds – the fastest pin of the tournament! At 132, James Bamberger finished in 2nd losing only one match to the eventual champion in his weight class. In a very tough 138 weight class, Cyrus Sobhani did not place but was “in” every match. Hopefully his shoulder continues to recover which should allow him to be at full strength. In perhaps one of the toughest weight classes, 145, Team Captain Mitch Fenton beat back the competition for a first place finish and an undefeated record. At 152, filling in for Hamoon Shokoohinia, Kevin Cullinane wrestled well scoring 4 pins and finishing a very respectable 4th. At 160, Team Captain Evan Smith tore through the competition with 5 pins and one tech fall but finished in 2nd losing only one match to the eventual champion in his weight class. At 170, Marcos Solloso continued his impressive year (his hard work and dedication is really paying dividends) with a strong 2nd place finish losing only one match to the eventual champion in his weight class. At 182, after 4 matches in the team dual portion of the competition, Matthew McClanahan lost his fifth match after reinjuring his knee, which forced him to withdraw from the individual competition. Even though he didn’t participate after the injury, he managed enough points to secure a 6th place finish. At 195, Jonah Brain wrestled hard giving up weight in every match but still managed to secure a 4th place finish. Zach Salem-Mackall finished in 2nd place at 220 and rounding out the competition for the Vikings was John Vipulis our heavyweight who finished in 5th place.
For complete tournament results go to http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=32&url=northcountywrestling&sid=929497010
Next on the schedule is a talented Winston Churchill team Tuesday at Churchill then Richard Montgomery at home on Saturday and then a highly anticipated match up against Wootton at home the following Tuesday, 12/23/2014. Hopefully the Vikings can continue their winning ways and finish 2014 on a strong note.